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9 Tips To Keep Kids Teeth Healthy
As parents we understand the importance of good
dental habits and do our best to pass that onto
our children. And healthy adult teeth start with
healthy kids teeth! Keeping kids cavity-free is
the ultimate goal, after all, poor dental health
impacts more than just your pocketbook and their
smiles. In fact, a California Society of
Pediatric Dentistry study found
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Untreated dental disease compromises the childs
ability to eat well, sleep well, and function
well at home and at school. The unaesthetic
nature of untreated dental decay compromises the
childs self-esteem and social development. Sourc
e The Consequences of Untreated Dental Disease
in Children
How To Keep Kids Teeth Healthy Unfortunately,
many of these adverse effects of an unhealthy
smile extend long after childhood, and what
better time than  National Childrens Dental
Health Month , to share some tips  for keeping
kids teeth healthy
  • Be a role model. Kids like to imitate those
    around them, so be a good role model and
    demonstrate good oral health habits for
    them. Brush and floss with your kids, rather than
    sending them into the bathroom on their own.
    Instead of treating it as a chore, make it part
    of the daily routine.
  • Teach them. Show kids under age 3 how to use a
    rice-size amount of toothpaste. Once kids are
    able to understand how to spit, rather than
    swallow the paste, they can use a pea-size
    amount. When teeth have grown to touch each
    other, kids can floss and rinse with mouthwash
    daily.

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  • Keep dental appointments. Keep a regular routine
    of visiting the dentist twice a year, and involve
    your children. By keeping your appointments, you
    make it a normal activity, and they will make it
    a ritual. Your child should have their first
    dental appointment within 6 months of their first
    tooth or their first birthday, whichever comes
    first, and then twice a year after that.
  • Talk. Talk to your kids about what they can
    expect at the dentist. At their dental visit,
    talk to your dentist about any concerns you have
    such as crowding, thumb sucking, losing
    teeth, mouth guards, and whatever else concerns
    you. .
  • Eat healthy foods. Avoiding sugary drinks and
    foods not only helps overall health but it can
    create a discussion about cavities. When sugar is
    allowed to sit on your teeth, it can create
    decay, and we all want healthy, strong teeth to
    enjoy the things we love.

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  • Brush. Brushing twice a day for at least 2
    minutes is recommended, yet not always achieved.
    Set a timer and use a tartar dye if desired to be
    sure all the teeth surfaces are reached and that
    brushing has happened long enough to be effective
    at removing plaque. There are apps available to
    make brushing and caring for your teeth fun.
  • Consider Sealants. For healthy kids teeth, talk
    to your dentist about the option of having your
    childs teeth sealed. Sealants can help prevent
    cavities and resulting fillings.
  • Use Rewards. Let kids choose their own toothbrush
    (within reason) and consider a goal chart to
    track their progress on a goal that leads to a
    reward such as going to a movie, or taking a trip
    to the toy store.
  • Dont share germs. Dont share utensils, sippy
    cups, bottles, pacifiers or other items with your
    kids or allow them to be shared with others.
    Bacteria in our mouths can be passed to each
    other and isnt healthy. Be sure to sanitize all
    items that may be in your babys mouth to prevent
    bacterial infections such as thrush.

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Healthy Kids Teeth Goals
Ultimately, it should be your goal to build the
foundation for your family to achieve healthy
teeth from childhood and beyond. Jump start those
lifetime habits by making these healthy kids
teeth goals
  • Avoid Sugary Foods
  • Brush Twice a Day
  • Floss and mouth rinse daily (per age
    appropriateness)
  • Visit the dentist twice a year
  • Make oral health a fun habit!
  • Healthy kids teeth start with good parenting and
    a great dentist! Find one near you today or call
    us at 312-988-9855!

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